Changing the World for Girls – podcast


Having worked in Tanzania and discovered threats to teachers who tried to ensure achievement for girls at the primary leaving exam, the UNICEF podcast below is dealing with a very real problem. For poor parents the thought of losing some cows as dowry if the girl child moves on to secondary school is a real dilemma and can mean living in poverty if they allow her to continue studying after puberty. A complex cultural and historical problem – move people out of poverty and perhaps the pressures may lessen…..

Podcast: Changing the World for Girls

 Every year, an estimated 23 million girls under 15 are married worldwide with little or no say in the matter. In a newly launched podcast discussion series together with the United Nations Girls’ Education  Initiative (UNGEI) called “Changing the World for Girls”, Dr. Judith-Ann Walker and Dr. Adefunke Ekine spoke on how to leverage education as a tool to stop child  marriage and fight poverty.

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EiE Training Module on Links Between Education and Other Sectors

From the recent INEE newsletter:

EiE Training Module on Links Between Education and Other Sectors


The INEE-Education Cluster Training Package contains a module onLinks Between Education and Other Sectors, which combines training materials from the INEE Minimum Standards, IIEP and the Front Line Responders training packages. The materials include 17 modules with PowerPoint Presentations, Facilitators Guides and exercises, as well as guidance on adapting the training materials. The module’s learning objectives include (1) understanding the links between education in other sectors in all emergency phases and (2) understanding the various sectors that work in acute emergencies and which ones to liaise with when establishing education programs.


The Training Module can be accessed in both English and Spanish


For further resources on inter-sectoral linkages, please click here

Universal Children’s Day – 2013

November 20 is Universal Children’s Day. It’s also the 24th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.


As the most vulnerable age group, children have special global rights and protections, such as the right to live with their parents and protections against harmful or exploitative work. These and many others are recognized by the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), the most accepted human rights treaty in history.

“We were all children once. And we all share the desire for the well-being of our children, which has always been and will continue to be the most universally cherished aspiration of humankind.”

We the Children: End-decade review of the follow-up to the World Summit for Children -Report of the Secretary-General (2001)



By resolution 836(IX) of 14 December 1954, the General Assembly recommended that all countries institute a Universal Children’s Day, to be observed as a day of worldwide fraternity and understanding between children. It recommended that the Day was to be observed also as a day of activity devoted to promoting the ideals and objectives of the Charter and the welfare of the children of the world. The Assembly suggested to governments that the Day be observed on the date and in the way which each considers appropriate. The date 20 November, marks the day on which the Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, in 1959, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, in 1989.





In 2000 world leaders outlined the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – which range from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education, all by the target date of 2015. Though the Goals are for all humankind, they are primarily about children. UNICEF notes that six of the eight goals relate directly to children and meeting the last two will also make critical improvements in their lives.

In 2012, the Secretary-General launched a new initiative Education First. The Initiative aims to raise the political profile of education, strengthen the global movement to achieve quality education and generate additional and sufficient funding through sustained advocacy efforts. Achieving gains in education will have an impact on all the Millennium Development Goals, from lower child and maternal mortality, to better health, higher income and more environmentally-friendly societies.

Some other resources for Universal Children’s Day:

UN Global Issues – Children


MDG Goal 2: Achieve Universal Primary Education

MDG Goal 4: Reduce Child Mortality

20 years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child

The State of the World’s Children 2009: Maternal and Newborn Health

Voices of Youth

UNICEF and Say Yes for children

UN Study on Violence against Children (UNICEF | OHCHR)

UN Special Session on Children

GA on Children

World Summit for Children

The UN Works for Children

Securing the future – advocating for children (UNAIDS)



and more on education….

November 18-22 is International Education Week, an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. The Global Education Conference is a collaborative, inclusive, world-wide community initiative involving students, educators, and organizations at all levels. It is designed to significantly increase opportunities for building education-related connections around the globe while supporting cultural awareness and recognition of diversity.

Click here for more information.


Podcast: Let us learn, everywhere!

Podcast: Let us learn, everywhere- towards equality in education

In this episode of Beyond School Books, UNICEF podcast moderator Alex Goldmark spoke with two donors behind Let Us Learn, Susan Cummings-Findel and Stefan Findel. Let Us Learn, an innovative initiative launched by UNICEF and private donors, is addressing inequalities in education by trying to reach out-of-school children, expanding girls’ education and improving quality outcomes for learners.

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Human Rights Resources

From the latest INEE newsletter:

INEE Toolkit: Human Rights Resources
As a key thematic issue, Human Rights resources can help to strengthen the implementation of the INEE Minimum Standards. Human Rights resources can be found in the following categories:

To access these resources, please click here